Apr 13, 2012

Social media a game changer in war on drugs

We should consider the increasingly informed community’s views and their curiosity and changing ideas about punishment over drug use, writes Crikey intern Emma Koehn.

The drug decriminalisation debate may have died last week, but national outreach workers and drug campaign managers say that our mindsets, not just laws, may be changing on illicit substances. The “war on drugs” may be lost, but Australians could be more sympathetic to drug usage than previously thought.

Think tank Australia21’s report on drug decriminalisation last week asserted “Prohibition of Illicit Drugs is Killing and Criminalising Our Children”, citing “large numbers” of young people who have recorded unfair criminal convictions for minor drug use. This sparked a short-lived debate in which politicians and community leaders weighed in on the moral and legal implications of consuming illicit substances.

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7 thoughts on “Social media a game changer in war on drugs

  1. AR

    Duhhh… and the BS continues. There are too many vested interests in prohibition for rationality to have owt to do with it.

  2. Tuohey Jackie

    The War on Drugs is lost…time to rethink the strategy.

  3. Phil Xenos

    The War on drugs was a war on the most vunerable the moswt abused in our society ,What really gets my goat is all the morallist bleating particularly by Parents of dead teenage addicts ,oh my johnny or sarah died ,well I think when that tradgic event takes place the Parents should be investigated for acts of child abuse,domestic violence which are the primary sources of drug addiction particularly opiates.

    they bleat oh my poor child ,well if they were not sexually abused ,or phyisically emotionally crippled by their parents usally then guess what they wouldn’t turn to drugs.To escape the reality of their existance ,happy people don’t turn to drugs to solve their problems.

    War on drugs ,why not a War on child abuse.

    Oh ,and as far as which drugs do the most damage to society ,well its clearly Cigaretts and Alcohol,by light yuears. The legal ones .

    Deaths due to all illicit drugs a couple of hundred compared to a couple of 100 000’s with the legal ones.

    I have never been bashed by a Pot head ,have been by a drunk .

  4. Benny123

    Why don’t Crikey or New Matilda or ABC The Drum ask me for my opinion.

    I have been addicted to meth. I have been around junkies. I have a Masters in Qualitative Systems Analysis. I have a blog of 8 years covering policy, much of which has been implemented.

    I predicted the fall of both John Howard and Kevin Rudd.

    I comment ferociously on all forums. but no one replies. No one has anything intelligent to say. Just braying mules, one side of the argument or the other. No one has taken drugs apart from pot, but thinks they know all about meth addiction. No one cares to think more deeply than their lazy assumptions based upon being conservative or liberal.

    I know what I am talking about. I can construct policy better than anyone. Why does no one ever, ever ask me.

    You want this debate to change, you need a cogent policy based upon definitive rationale. Not bias, assumption or belief.

    Until you deliver that, the public won’t listen, and why should they?

  5. Damotron

    I hate to think what the capitalist system would do with legalised drugs, just look at alcohol consumption in this country. We are safer with them being illegal.

  6. AR

    Damoron – ensure quality control, devastate organised crime & corruption of law enforcement, reduce court, prison & policing costs, lower the price and allow people to choose their own form of relaxant without fear of arrest?
    That’s just for starter, in case you were really serious in your question.

  7. AR

    I know what I am talking about. I can construct policy better than anyone.
    I think that I read somewhere the speed tends to increase the perception of superiority, and meth tends absolutely to overwhelm any semblance of reality.

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